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Research in University Mathematics Education that Matters


About This PhD Project

Project Description

The Mathematics Education Unit in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Auckland has been internationally renowned for its first-tier research in university mathematics education (RUME). RUME is a vibrant field, the interest in which has been on the rise since the last few decades. RUME is concerned with a wide range of aspects and issues, such as a transition from school to university, students’ learning processes and experiences, pedagogies that “work” for large classes. The importance of RUME cannot be overestimated in light of its potential to impact lives of individuals, communities, and societies, whose wellbeing and prosperity largely depend on mathematical knowledge, skills, and appreciations of university graduates.

We are inviting new PhD students to join our new research project that is targetted at improving mathematical experiences of university students. The project is aimed at making sense of typical learning and teaching practices that unfold in first-year and advanced mathematics courses, design teaching innovations based on contemporary pedagogies and learning theories, and to trial them in classes.

PhD candidates for the RUME project are expected to have a solid mathematical background (at least at the undergraduate level) and experience in mathematics education, either from academic studies or practice.

Successful PhD candidates will also benefit from a vibrant research culture and interactions with mathematicians at the Department and scientists at the Faculty, many of whom are international leaders in their fields. The University of Auckland is a recipient of a five star plus QS Stars University Rating for excellence in the categories of research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalisation, innovation and inclusiveness. The global Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey rated Auckland among three the most liveable cities in the world in respect to personal safety, environment, transportation, health and other factors.

Application procedure:

1. Explore the MEU website, our research profiles, and personal websites. Please contact us for more details about our research interests and Dr Igor’ Kontorovich for general details about the fellowship.

2. By 15 December 2019 (NZ time) email your application package to Dr Igor’ Kontorovich and Dr Tanya Evans consisting of your: (a) curriculum vitae; (b) recent academic transcript, and (c) cover letter that elaborates on your background, specifies your doctoral and post-doctoral ambition, and explains how your envisaged PhD research aligns with the interests of MEU. Shortlisted candidates might be invited for an interview via video-conference.

3. A successful candidate would be expected to go through the usual application process for doctoral studies. The fellowship is subject to the University approval of the formal application.

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